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Family picks: A butterfly release at the Museum of Life and Science

CorrespondentJuly 4, 2013 

A Thousand Blue Morpho Butterflies will be released from July 1-31 at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.

COURTESY OF MUSEUM OF LIFE AND SCIENCE

If your kids are into butterflies, this is the month to visit Durham’s Museum of Life and Science.

Over the course of July, the museum will release 1,000 new Blue Morpho butterflies into the Magic Wings Butterfly House.

The Blue Morpho is one of the largest butterflies in the world with iridescent blue wings that span 5 to 8 inches.

“These butterflies are normally only spotted in the tropical jungles of South and Central America, but guests will be able to experience a massive number of these giant blue butterflies right here in Durham,” said Butterfly House Director Ulrich Hartmond.

Children can see live releases every day of the week. Monday through Saturday, Blue Morphos will be released at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The Butterfly House has about 100 different species of exotic butterflies that flutter among tropical plants, birds and bugs. The butterflies come from Asia, Africa and Central and South America.

Museum officials say that, indirectly, the Magic Wings Butterfly House encourages environmental conservation in the countries from which the butterflies come.

“For many of the farms with which we work, butterfly breeding represents a significant source of steady income and dramatically increases the ecological awareness of the local population,” Hartmond said. “This unique type of farming is dependent on the conservation, and in some cases, creation of pesticide-free tropical environments.”

Visits to the butterfly house are included with admission (Adults $14, seniors $11, children ages 3-12 $10; members and children under age 3 are admitted free). For more information, lifeandscience.org.

Eno Festival fun

Tomorrow is the last day of the annual Festival for the Eno, which raises money for the Eno River Association. There will be dozens of performers on five stages, kids’ activities and plenty of food and art for sale during the all-day celebration.

You can cool off on what is typically a steamy July weekend by walking through mist tents or wading in the river.

Tickets for adults are $20, but kids 12 and under are free.

Go to enoriver.org/festival for more information.

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